Travel Blanket

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I’m so excited to be going on my first big road trip. I’m traveling from California to New Orleans. I’ve never been to New Orleans. I made my friend this travel blanket for our trip. In July I went to Sisters Oregon and bought this road trip panel. I mage different quilt blocks to go in between to create this blanket that is the perfect size for traveling. I’m going to bring a fabric marker so we can journal on the blanket our adventures. I sewed a elastic band so it can be rolled up. I know my friend will love it.

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Travel blanket 

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Next month I’m going on my first road trip. I decided to make my best friend a travel blanket. This is a block that I seen on Pinterest, but I didn’t have the pattern so I tried to figure it out for myself.  It took awhile but I think it came out good. 

It’s been too long…

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I realize it has been way too long since I posted anything.  It’s not because I don’t have anything to say. All I can say is Life Happen!

I lot has happened since my last post. I learned how to sew quilts. I always wanted to make quilts. My grandmother use to make quilts for anyone in the family that got married or had a baby.  But since my grandmother passed my family has become a little distance. So I decided I would continue her tradition in making quilts.  But first I had to learn how.  I already knew how to sew.  Although, it’s been a while. I used to make clothes not quilts. There is a difference… My local quilting store was holding a Quilt a Difference event.  This is where they supply all the material, machines and know how. You supply your time to make baby quilts for Children’s Hospital.  So, I went and I was instantly hooked. I’ve been making baby quilts for everyone in my family that has had a baby in the  last year. I joined two quilt guilds. I make a queen size quilt and entered it in the fair last year. I was so surprised to win second place.  I must be doing something right.

I’m currently making ten quilts for a quilt show.  One of the guilds that I joined is having a quilt show February 2017. I realize that is a lot of quilts, but in order for us to have a good show we decided on ten a piece.  We had two years to make them. I’m a procrastinator as I have said before but I’m still going to try to give it my all. I’ve currently completed four quilt tops. I started three other quilts, but I still have three more quilts I haven’t started.

I also, started working part-time as a receptionist. In 5 weeks I’m going on my first road trip with my best friend. We are driving from Los Angeles to New Orleans, by the way of Route 66. I’m so excited. I started packing today.

Well, I’ve said a mouth full. So I’m going to stop now but I will try to continue to keep up with this blog and post more often.  I’ll even post pictures of my quilts and take you on my road trip journey.

Grudge vs. Forgiveness

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Grudge

1. a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.

2. to resent the good fortune of (another): begrudge.

Synonyms – bitterness, hatred. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy.

Just looking up the meaning of the word grudge is exhausting. Why do we give this word or feeling so much power over us. Yes power, it takes energy to hold a grudge.

A grudge is negative energy that blocks you from moving forward. You are responsible for the energy you bring. You are also responsible for the energy you allow to be brought to you. It’s a choice on how you want to live your life.

I have been wronged by a number of people. People that are close to me and people I have not seen in decades. But I had to “let it go”. Hanging onto a grudge is the same as staying angry. Don’t get me wrong, I have not forgotten what these people did to me, I just don’t give it power over me. I want joy not anger. In order to have joy you have to release the anger. “Let go and let God”. “Life is too short”.

You don’t have to be a door mat. While your sitting there, alone, holding your grudge against that individual, they are going about the business of life.

On Facebook I seen a post…  “I’m Mature Enough to Forgive You, But I’m Not Dumb Enough to Trust You Again”.

Forgive

1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.) absolve.

2.  to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive ones enemies.

Instead of holding a grudge against someone for what ever reason, I try to stop and look at the situation. I try to find out what was my role in the situation. Then what kind of lesson I might learn from it. Everything in life that we go through serves a purpose. Then I pray about it. I pray for that person. I’ve prayed for people that I have had grudges against. And you know, by me praying for these people it has released me. I don’t feel angry or sad. I give it to the Lord. I asking for my forgiveness and forgiveness for the other person.

Matthew 18:21-22

21.  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?

22.  Jesus answers, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”.

Collossians 3:12-13

12.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

13.  Bear with each other and forgive what ever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Procrastinate

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1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost: to put off till another day or time.

2. prolong, postpone, dally, defer, drag one’s feet, give the run around, gold brick, hesitate, hold off, lag, let slide, linger, pause, play a waiting game, stall, suspend, wait.

I am a professional procrastinator. I’m constantly putting things off. Even writing this post took me about one hour to start. I first have to get ready. That’s finding the right notepad, then finding the right location in the house to write. Then I have to have a dictionary so my spelling is accurate.  I get out my cell phone and before I know it I’m on Facebook reading post and liking peoples pages and writing comments. Before I realize it one hour has gone by and I haven’t even started. (Procrastination)

I wanted to start this blog for a long time. I want to blog about those thought we are always thinking about. I also want to tackle all the chores that I’ve been always wanted to do but I always find a reason to get them done. (Procrastination) I call them chores but they really are not chores to me.  I guess chores is not the right word to use.  These are To Do items.  I am the Queen of To Do list.  I can make a list everyday if I could. I am constantly making list.  I don’t know why, maybe to fill a sense of accomplishment when something on my list is completed or maybe to keep track of what I’ve done and what I need to complete. I don’t know why I make To Do list. But first I have to make this To Do list:

Photo’s in album – major chore

Organize craft room

Make family cookbook

Personal papers in order:  Life Insurance, Living Trust, Will,                                                       Burial Document, Funeral Outline

I’ve been retired for about 8 months. When I was working I could always use the excuse that I didn’t have time to do something because of work. But now, what is my excuse. One of my joys is scrapbooking and I think I’ve spent maybe 3 days doing it.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been busy. But I’ve always said or thought that if given the time I would get all my photos out of boxes, closets, computers and cell phones and into albums. I decided to dedicate one day a week to my photo memories. I know it’s important to preserve your memories.

Why do we procrastinate?  Is it because we really don’t want to do the task? Is it because we have too many activities?  Is it because we are thinkers and not doers?  Is it because we think if we put it off long enough someone else will do it?  Is it because we do not want to deal with hard decisions?

What ever category you maybe in, it’s time to get it done.  It’s time to complete all those life altering task.  If you don’t have your personal papers in order, now is the time.  Don’t have the frame of mind of “I won’t be here, so someone else will have to deal with it”.  That’s not fair to your family to make decisions for you.

Antonyms:  accelerate, advance, complete, do, finish, go ahead, quicken.

This is how we should  live our lives.

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

 

Fear

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Definition:  A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

Fear is a strong emotion that we live with.  It’s something we try not to admit to but if we are honest with ourselves, fear is a everyday feeling.

There are different levels of fear. We go through our days hoping not to be found out. Anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur.  It can shape your decisions.  Should I, Could I, What if I, etc. We become apprehensive on making decisions, sometimes that causes a feeling of dread.

Some people have phobias, the fear of _____. The fear of flying, the fear of heights, the fear of elevators, the fear of crowds.

In this time of economic instability we fear for our financial future.  We fear for our children’s future. It hasn’t been that long since the Great Depression, then we lived through the housing market crash (Which we still have not recovered from).  People have a constant fear of running out of money.

We TRY to guard ourselves against financial hardship with Insurance.  We buy insurance for just about everything. There is car insurance, health insurance (dental, vision), home or renter insurance. We purchase insurance for large appliances, we even have insurance on our cell phones. Some people have insurance for there pets. Buying insurance for just in case something happens is a fear.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard: stand firm in the faith: be courageous: be strong.

We all live with fear, whether we want to admit it or not.  I have lived with fear all my whole life. I know that I’ve made most of my decisions based on those fears. I try not to let them completely rule over me.  I know I will never over come these fears I live with, they are apart of me. But what gets me through the day is that I know God Loves Me. He is with me. I know I can get through lives challenges with God on my side.  I’m not perfect, but I try to pray continuously. There is power in prayer.